While he was working to complete the Allmannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum in southern Norway in 2016, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor asked Norwegian architectural historian Mari Lending to engage in a dialogue about the project. In meandering, impressionistic style, and drawing on favorite writers, such as Johann Peter Hebel, Stendhal, Nabokov, T. S. Eliot, and George Kubler, their exchanges explore how history, time, and temporalities reverberate across Zumthor’s oeuvre. Looking back, Zumthor ponders on how a feeling of history has informed his attempts at emotional reconstruction by means of building, from architectural interventions in dramatic landscapes to his design for the redevelopment of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which conceived the building on a suitably grand urban scale.
This small, beautifully designed book records the conversation between Zumthor and Lending, accompanied by photographs taken by the renowned Swiss architectural photographer Hélène Binet. The resulting book is a surprisingly revelatory view of one of the most interesting and restlessly creative architects of our era.